Deterring Bees With Plants: Learn How To Repel Bees And Wasps
A few years ago I had a friend who was suffering from allergies. She used to suffer from them very badly and she even tried everything to get rid of them. However, it didn’t work out well for her because they were always around her house or at least near where she lived. So one day I suggested that she should try some plant which could possibly help her with these allergies.
She thought that I was joking when I told her that there are no such things as those plants. But then after she read my list of plants, she realized that maybe there might be something like those plants.
She asked me if I have any idea about these plants and so I gave her a list of all the known ones. After reading the list, she started to ask me questions about each one of them and how to use them properly in order to avoid getting allergic reactions. After finishing reading the list, she said that she would like to learn more about these plants. That’s why I decided to write this article about deterring bees with plants.
What Are Some Of These Plants?
The following list contains some of the most common plants which repel insects and other pests. All of them are native species which grow naturally in their natural habitat. They do not require much care and are easy to grow and maintain.
Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
This plant is an herb and its scientific name is Nepeta Cataria. It is also known as Catmint and it contains strong oils which have a very strong smell which insects hate. It also attracts butterflies because the color of it is very nice. It can grow up to 30 inches and it has green leaves with spikes.
The flowers that grow on it are purple and they have a very pleasant smell. It is also a popular tea with a very nice aroma. It is easy to grow and maintain and it usually grows in a dry environment.
Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis)
The scientific name of this plant is Melissia Officinalis and it is also known as Bee Balm. It is an herb and it contains a chemical compound which repels insects such as bees, wasps, ants and many others. It usually grows in a hot and humid environment. It is a plant which attracts butterflies due to its nice appearance and color.
This is an herb and its scientific name is Lavandula. It is a nice looking plant which grows up to 30 inches and it has a nice smell. It can grow in any type of soil, but it prefers wet soil. It usually grows in a dry environment.
This plant is also an herb and its scientific name is Calandula. It is a very nice looking plant and it has many flowers which are yellow in color. It grows up to 24 inches and it usually grows in a dry environment.
How To Use These Plants?
It is very simple to use these plants effectively. You need to get a planter and put some soil in it. Then you should plant the seeds of the plants which you want to grow. After that, place the planter in a nice and sunny spot. Then you just need to water the plants when the soil becomes dry. That’s all there is to it!
Some people like to use these plants for ceremonial or religious purposes because of their healing abilities and nice scents. They are also good for people who are allergic to bee stings because the smell of these plants is so strong that it can easily prevent bees from coming anywhere near them.
So the next time you see one of these plants, remember that you might be able to repel bees just by using them.
Searching for a natural way to deter bees?
You should try planting these flowers and herbs around your property. They do a great job of keeping bees away.
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